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Eklund Reassigned to Johnstown

Goaltender Brian Eklund has been reassigned to Johnstown of the ECHL. The decision comes after the Lightning made the decision to promote Jonathan Boutin to Springfield of the AHL. Rumors of a trade involving Eklund have apparently fallen through, necessitating the goaltender's demotion.

Holmqvist Continues to Produce With Norrena Out

Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist and the Linkopings offense have been forced to step up in the absence of netminder Fredrik Norrena. They did so again today in a 4-1 victory over Sodertalje. Holmqvist assisted on a 2nd period Tony Martensson power play goal to open the game's scoring en route to the victory. Holmqvist now has 17 points in 40 games this season.

Another Tie for Lada/Koshechkin

Lada Togliatti tied Ak Bars Kazan 2-2 today. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin's record moved to 15-11-6 in the sister kisser. Elsewhere, Lightning prospect Alex Polushin was a scratch in Cherepovets' 3-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk.

Ramo Leaves Game Early Against SaiPa

Goaltender Karri Ramo left after the first period of his club's game today against SaiPa. Ramo had helped to stake HPK to a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes making 10 saves before giving way to backup Miika Wiikman. HPK went on to lose the match 5-2. Bolt Prospects is attempting ro ascertain Ramo's condition and will post updates when they become available.

AHL All-Star Game

Planet USA [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002114]got pummelled by the Canadian AHLers tonight 9-4.[/url] Falcons center Ryan Vesce, who played for Planet USA, assisted on Patrick O'Sullivan's game opening goal. It was all downhill from there, however. Vesce finished -2 with three shots on goal.
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